Airlines workers struggles
By Shannon Jones, 25 June 2016
With the airline recording massive profits, pilots are seeking to recoup concessions including average pay cuts of over 40 percent.
By Anthony Torres, 14 May 2016
The cuts at the airline are the product of the betrayal of the 2014 pilots strike by the National Union of Airline Pilots.
By Robert Stevens, 14 April 2016
The working class throughout Belgium and Europe must come to the defense of the striking air traffic controllers, who have taken a courageous stand against attacks on retirement.
By Terry Cook, 5 March 2016
Deep cuts have been imposed on the airline’s workers through a combination of intimidation and the collaboration of the trade unions.
By Sampath Perera, 20 February 2016
Nawaz Sharif’s government has seized on the unions’ betrayal of the PIA anti-privatization strike to victimize hundreds of the most militant workers.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2016
By a 93 percent margin workers rejected a contract proposal that would have created a two-tier system with drastically lower pay and benefits for new hires.
By Jerry White, 4 January 2016
Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis.
By Dietmar Henning, 6 November 2015
The flight attendant union UFO announced a strike starting on Friday.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 September 2015
The decision of the labor court in the German state of Hessian to forbid Lufthansa pilots from striking is an attack on the right to strike directed against all workers.
By Gustav Kemper, 17 August 2015
Public prosecutors are investigating construction company Imtech on suspicion of embezzlement, bribery, price-fixing and false accounting.
By Dietmar Henning, 31 July 2015
The cockpit union has sold out the pilots, giving the company even more than it was demanding, including raising the retirement age and cutting costs.
By Alan Whyte, 24 July 2015
A planned strike of 1,200 poorly paid New York City airport workers was called off after a deal was reached with the SEIU to achieve “labor peace.”
By Mariane Arens, 8 April 2015
While the airlines continue to attack employees’ wages and working conditions, the unions pursue a purely nationalist strategy directed against their own members.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 11 December 2014
Ken Otto died Sunday due to injuries suffered while working on a Boeing jet in November
By Dietmar Henning, 4 December 2014
Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages.
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2014
Initial reports indicate pilots are overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal, which removes profit-sharing.
By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2014
The rejection of the union-recommended deal comes after more than a decade in which airline workers have suffered one round of wage, benefit and pension cuts after another.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 October 2014
While the immediate issue in the pilots’ dispute is cuts in early retirement provision, the background is the major changes in the air industry that affect not only pilots but all airline workers in Europe and across the globe.
By Helmut Arens, 2 October 2014
The Lufthansa pilots’ strike was directed against the attempt by the corporation to carry through attacks on retirement benefits for 5,400 pilots.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 29 September 2014
The unions and the Socialist Party government are desperately pushing pilots to accept a deal that would pave the way to deep cuts in wages and conditions.
By Dietmar Henning, 26 September 2014
At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2014
The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 September 2014
Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 September 2014
The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers.
By Marianne Arens, 1 September 2014
The goal of German airline and rail unions, including smaller unions like Cockpit, is to maximise the profits of Lufthansa and German Railways at the expense of the workforce.
By Tom Peters, 22 March 2014
Strategic rivalries and state secrecy continue to mar the search for MH370.
By Will Morrow, 15 March 2014
The Australian Council of Trade Unions immediately hailed the ASU agreement as a template for implementing all 5,000 Qantas job cuts.
By Peter Symonds, 15 March 2014
Search operations are now focussed on areas of the Indian Ocean, hundreds of kilometres to the west of MH370’s last known position.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2014
The only way that Qantas workers can defend their jobs and conditions is through a unified struggle with airline workers internationally against the global airline conglomerates.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2014
The unions have no problem with making workers bear the cost of the Qantas crisis, but want to maintain their privileged position within the airline industry.
By James Cogan, 27 February 2014
The job destruction flows directly from the cut-throat competition for market share and profits among rival transnational airline alliances since the 2008 global financial crisis.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 January 2014
Moody’s announcement comes as even more job cuts at the airline are threatened.
By Shannon Jones, 4 January 2014
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) forced a new vote on essentially the same deal workers rejected by a two-to-one margin in November.
Form a rank-and-file committee to defeat concessions
By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 January 2014
The following SEP statement is being destributed to Boeing workers in the states of Washington and Oregon who are voting today on a contract extension.
By Hector Cordon, 5 December 2013
In the wake of Boeing’s failed attempt to wrest deep concessions from its workers, the unions are ramping up a campaign to convince the manufacturer to keep production of its new airplane in Washington State.
By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2013
Boeing workers in the Pacific Northwest voted 67 to 33 percent against a concession-laden 8-year contract extension.
By Pierre Mabut, 8 October 2013
On September 18, Air France-KLM announced the elimination of a 2,800 jobs as part of its “Transform 2015” restructuring plan.
By Gabriel Black and James Brewer, 11 July 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board has begun releasing details of its investigation into the crash landing of a South Korean airliner at San Francisco International Airport.
By Gabriel Black, 8 July 2013
On Saturday, Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport.
By Ernst Wolff, 24 April 2013
A strike by Lufthansa ground crew on Monday led to the cancellation of flights at airports across Germany.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 November 2012
With the support of the federal Labor government, and the collaboration of the trade unions, Qantas is imposing layoffs on a near-monthly basis.
By Ernst Wolff, 30 October 2012
Lufthansa management has announced details of its plan to outsource and cut jobs.
By Hector Cordon, 24 October 2012
A federal injunction has blocked a strike by workers who fuel 75 percent of the planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 19 October 2012
Several hundred employees at privately-owned Kingfisher Airlines in India have engaged in strikes and other job actions over the past month to demand back wages owed to them since March.
By Angelo Bosworth, 11 October 2012
Boeing engineers and technicians vote overwhelmingly against the company’s proposals.
By Francis Dubois, 24 August 2012
The National Airline Pilots Union has pushed through an agreement supporting management’s objectives at Air France.
By Ernst Wolff, 14 August 2012
After a year of wrangling over a new pay agreement, a vast majority of Lufthansa flight attendants voted in favour of strike action.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 June 2012
Air France-KLM will cut its workforce by 10 percent the end of 2013
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 May 2012
Having mounted only a token campaign against the closure of the airplane maintenance company Aveos, the machinists’ union is working alongside the Quebec Liberal government to find a buyer to relaunch the company at its members’ expense.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 2 May 2012
The Lufthansa Executive Board announced a new savings program to cut at least €1.5 billion by 2014.
By Peter Byrne, 14 March 2012
The Sigma dispute has become a test case for the elimination of penalty rates and other workplace conditions won through previous struggles.
By Helmut Arens, 2 March 2012
Only hours after a Frankfurt labour court banned a scheduled solidarity strike by air traffic controllers at the city’s airport, the same court also proscribed the ongoing strike by ground crew.
By Terry Cook, 5 January 2012
Having shut down all industrial action, the union has reached an agreement that meets all of the central demands of Qantas management.
By Terry Cook, 23 November 2011
By sending the dispute into arbitration, the airline has obtained precisely what it wanted when it took the unprecedented step of grounding its entire fleet.
By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 16 November 2011
Behind closed doors, the unions are working closely with the company to finalise enterprise bargaining agreements that will facilitate the wholesale destruction of jobs and conditions.
By James Cogan, 5 November 2011
In every part of the world, jobs, wages and conditions are being slashed as rival carriers cut costs and fight to maintain profitability amid an escalating global economic crisis.
By Mike Head, 1 November 2011
The financial markets regard Qantas’s actions as a test case for the type of assault that must be implemented throughout all industries.
By James Cogan, 31 October 2011
Qantas is operating with a thoroughly worked-out global strategy that enjoys the full backing of the financial and corporate establishment, the Labor government and the courts.
By James Cogan, 31 October 2011
The executives serve as the direct representatives of finance and carry out their dictates.
By Terry Cook and James Cogan, 17 October 2011
Openly backed by the Gillard government, Qantas management is preparing for the wholesale elimination of much of the Qantas-badged operations.
By Carl Bronski, 14 October 2011
The Canadian Union of Public Employees rescinded strike authorization for 6,800 Air Canada flight attendants, just hours after the Conservative government had their impending job action declared illegal.
By Terry Cook, 21 September 2011
Having had ample notice of a four-hour stoppage by ground crew, Qantas imposed a lockout and swung a strike-breaking plan into action, using management personnel.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 August 2011
The measures amount to a declaration of war against Qantas workers, with the company’s directors working closely with the Labor government and the trade unions to suppress all opposition.
By Terry Cook, 1 August 2011
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has foreshadowed major attacks on jobs and conditions by the Australian airline.
By Terry Cook, 2 July 2011
The fact that the speech was delivered to the national press club indicates that Qantas anticipates the backing of the Labor government in any confrontation with its workforce.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2011
Trade unions at Aer Lingus are trying to block a strike by the airline’s pilots.
By Alex Messenger and Patrick O’Connor, 21 April 2011
Qantas chief Alan Joyce denounced the resistance of pilots, engineers, and ground crew to his airline’s plans to undermine wages and conditions as “nothing short of a Kamikaze campaign.”
By Noel Holt, 9 April 2011
Qantas has rejected demands for “job security” clauses in work contracts and is training management personnel as strike breakers.
By Terry Cook, 23 February 2011
In a bid to fight the company’s aggressive cost-cutting, Qantas pilots have authorised their union to organise industrial action to insert a job security clause in a new enterprise agreement.
By Jerry White, 8 December 2010
The WSWS replied to a letter writer from Spain defending the Zapatero government’s attack on air traffic controllers.
Spanish air traffic controller: “We have arrived at something akin to Stalinist Russia, the Stasi or Hitler’s SS”
8 December 2010
This correspondence has been sent to the WSWS by a Spanish air traffic controller. It details the impact of the emergency legislation imposed by the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government, bringing in military control of airports, including forced labour at gunpoint.
8 December 2010
The WSWS received this letter from Spain defending the Zapatero government’s military suppression of the air traffic controllers and criticizing the December 6 WSWS Perspective, “The threat of dictatorship in Spain” by Robert Stevens. A reply by WSWS writer Jerry White follows.
By Chris Marsden, 7 December 2010
A number of Spanish air traffic controllers contacted the World Socialist Web Site to describe the state terror employed against them under the emergency measures imposed by the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 December 2010
Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero signed an order to send army units to occupy control towers in airports around Spain, to break a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers.
By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2010
British Airways cabin crew staff began a five-day strike on Monday, the latest action in an ongoing dispute with the airline.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 May 2010
The court of appeals ruled two to one Thursday in favour of the Unite union’s appeal overturning a high court decision banning strike action by 12,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA).
By Paul Mitchell, 3 April 2010
Twenty-three Spanish airport workers who went on strike at Barcelona airport on July 28, 2006 and occupied the runways have been given two-year probationary sentences.
By Steve James, 23 March 2010
The conditions in which Aer Lingus’ was emboldened to sack 1,200 cabin crew were created by the trade union bureaucracy in Ireland.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 20 March 2010
The charges brought against 27 Spanish airport workers, under an anti-terror law passed during Franco’s fascist dictatorship, represent a major offensive against democratic rights.
By Richard Phillips, 19 March 2010
Two of Australia’s largest trade unions are attempting to secure an orderly closure of the Milperra Boeing plant, at the direct expense of 350 jobs.
By our correspondent, 12 March 2010
On Tuesday Republic of Ireland airline Aer Lingus announced 670 job cuts in a major attack on its workforce.
By Terry Cook, 7 November 2009
About 190 professional engineers at Qantas voted by 98 percent to take industrial action after seven months of negotiations for a new work agreement failed to resolve issues over pay and working conditions.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2009
The Rudd government’s Fair Work Ombudsman and Qantas are seeking fines, multi-million dollar compensation
By David Walsh, 14 May 2009
Despite company and media efforts to scapegoat the airplane’s pilots for the February 12 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, two days of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearings into the tragedy have established the essential culpability of Colgan Air and the US airline industry.
By Richard Phillips, 20 April 2009
Qantas has responded to a predicted profit freefall this year by axing 1,750 jobs from its 34,000-strong workforce and is now preparing, with union support, for a major restructuring of the company.
17 January 2009
It is impossible not to be moved by accounts of the crash Thursday afternoon of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River near Manhattan and its aftermath, the successful rescue of all 150 passengers and 5 crew members.
Air safety deregulation
By Terry Cook, 22 September 2008
A string of safety incidents has raised mounting questions about an underlying deterioration of maintenance and safety standards at Qantas, the privatised Australian airline.
By Jörg Victor and Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2001
Lufthansa pilots continued their ongoing industrial action against the German airline with a 24-hour strike May 17. A Lufthansa spokesman confirmed that more than 600 of the airline's 1,100 scheduled flights had been cancelled by early afternoon.
By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2001
President George W. Bush will legally prohibit Northwest Airlines mechanics from striking if they do not reach a contractual agreement by March 13. This decision reverses a National Mediation Board (NMB) ruling that would have allowed union members to walk off the job that day. The presidential mandate extends the legally required “cooling-off” period for another 60 days, forcing workers to remain on the job through at least mid-May.
By David Walsh, 28 July 2000
Tuesday's crash of an Air France Concorde outside Paris seized the attention of people all over the world. Anyone who viewed the broadcast images of the tragedy could not but help feel horrified and saddened, first and foremost at the thought of the passengers' terrible fate, but also by the impact of such an event on the living—the stricken human beings, workmen and local residents standing near the smoking wreckage in Gonesse. It was a chastening and sobering sight.
By Stefan Steinberg, 28 July 2000
Details are emerging concerning the crash of Air France Concorde Flight AF 4590 on Tuesday afternoon. As the plane left the ground at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris for its scheduled flight to New York, the pilot reported to the control tower that one of the plane's four jet engines was defective. Eyewitnesses reported that flames were already visible from one wing as the plane was completing its takeoff.
By Cory Johnson, 6 June 2000
Northwest Airlines flight attendants ratified a new five-year agreement by a 68 percent margin last week, with some 87 percent of 11,000 members of Teamsters Local 2000 voting. The agreement provides for initial pay raises of from 8 to 27.7 percent with the higher raises distributed to the lowest paid flight attendants.
By Jerry White, 1 April 2000
Details are beginning to emerge about the concessions the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) gave to US Airways in order to reach a tentative agreement last Saturday, March 25 and avert a strike by 10,000 union members against the nation's sixth largest airline.
Flight attendants speak on issues
By Paul Scherrer, 27 March 2000
The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and US Airways reached a tentative agreement early Saturday morning, averting a threatened strike and shutdown of the airline.
Airline threatens to shut down operations
By Paul Scherrer, 24 March 2000
Thousands of flight attendants are taking part in informational pickets and candlelight vigils at airports along the US East Coast as the expiration of a 30-day cooling-off period in the contract dispute between the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and US Airways approaches at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 25. A federal mediator has conducted talks between the company and union since last Friday, March 17.
By Cory Johnson, 21 March 2000
The president of Teamsters Local 2000, representing 11,000 flight attendants involved in contract talks with Northwest Airlines, suspended Andy Damis, a member of the union's negotiating team, for revealing the local's contract proposals to union members.
By Cory Johnson, 21 March 2000
Boeing engineers and technical workers voted by a 70 percent margin to approve a March 17 tentative agreement ending the 40-day strike by nearly 20,000 members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).
"The company loves to use these intimidation tactics"
By Cory Johnson and Jerry White, 14 March 2000
Northwest Airlines announced March 8 that they have fired 12 flight attendants for allegedly organizing a sick-out over New Year's to protest failed contract negotiations. Teamsters Local 2000, which represents 11,000 flight attendants at Northwest, put the figure of fired attendants at 18, along with another 6 attendants who resigned following interrogation by company officials.
By Cory Johnson, 7 March 2000
In an effort to weaken the month-long strike by more than 17,000 engineers and technical workers, Boeing Corp. announced that it was moving to impose the terms of its last contract offer and would grant pay raises to workers who cross the picket line and return to the job. The action is the latest signal that Boeing is determined not to back down in the strike by members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).
Action against dissidents in airline contract struggle
By Jerry White, 11 February 2000
Northwest Airlines last week began court-authorized searches of the home computers of flight attendants whom the airline suspects organized a sick-out over the New Year's holiday. Two computer forensic experts, hired by Northwest, seized the computers of a rank-and-file flight attendant who operates a web site and electronic bulletin boards, and copied the hard drives from the computers of 21 individuals, including private e-mail messages. The investigators also spent two hours searching computers at the Bloomington, Minnesota offices of Teamsters Local 2000, which represents Northwest's 11,000 flight attendants.